James @
Monday, July 2, 2007 - 5:11pm

He is sending out emails on behalf of the Puppetmaster's local version of Americans for Prosperity.

Some lawmakers want the budget to include an increase in the existing statewide transfer tax and/or permission for local governments to adopt local transfer taxes. This ploy – to hide this unfair home tax among the complex and lengthy language of the state budget – is not right.

Waaaaaa. Mean old lawmakers. They actually want to put revenue plans in their oh-so-complicated budget. And as to the and/or in Duh Luca's statement, the Puppet is full of crap. I'm not aware of any legislator who is trying to push through a statewide tax. It's all local option, all the way, to my knowledge.

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James @
Monday, July 2, 2007 - 12:33pm
Linda Daves
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Monday, July 2, 2007 - 10:32am

E430 Mercedes Money Buys Power

The NC Association of Realtors reported new spending of $128,771.20 for lobbying expenses in the month of May, bringing lobbying spending for 2007 to $494,886.36

What Would Angie Drive?

The NC Realtors campaign against local funding options features an alleged average homeowner "Angie" driving a red pick up truck. In real life "Angie" has been spotted in west Raleigh tooling around in a shiny black Mercedes-Benz E430 with cream leather interior, a 2002 model that retailed around $50,000. Not exactly average.

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Monday, July 2, 2007 - 10:24am

Crossposted from Left Toon Lane & My Left Wing


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Monday, July 2, 2007 - 10:22am

And I write back.

I had a beeee-ooo--tiful rant all ready to go last night when this site's inexplicable inability to coexist with Internet Explorer caused it to go bye bye.

But the article in the Sunday paper was SO bad that I have to point it out again, and let you know what I wrote to Peder Zane.

Put it this way, when the N&O cites Carter "White Hands Ad" Wrenn and Professor Andrew "511,500 Pope Dollars" Taylor on the subject of political comity, well, we got a problem...

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kmr @
Monday, July 2, 2007 - 8:01am
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Sunday, July 1, 2007 - 9:29pm

As most of you know, we've been through a bit of a roller-coaster recently. My blogging has been sporadic and/or erratic and I've been trying to get back into it. My problem is that I feel like I'm ready to jump into....something.

John Edwards, I could blog about him all the time, but I'm sick to death of Daily Kos and most people here keep up to date. I posted something a moment ago on Facebook and I'm thinking THAT might be where I keep my Presidential Politics...mostly.

Elizabeth Dole. With Miller out of the race, I guess this is a wait and see.

Larry Kissell, well, there are just so many people in better positions than I am to post about Larry. I'll throw in an occasional post now and again, but probably not my focus.

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James @
Sunday, July 1, 2007 - 8:34pm


I love nicknames, and tend to use them voraciously. Not in the George Bush sort of way, which I find condescending and obnoxious. More in the "awww shucks" kind of way, with nothing but good intentions. (Unless of course you're a rabid Republican, in which case my nicknames for you will be anything but flattering.)

Got a nickname . . . either now or from the past? Do tell!

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Saturday, June 30, 2007 - 1:21pm

A quick personal adventure story ...

On June 19th the Democratic Women of NC had our Legislative day. That was also a big push day for H91, the same day voter registration bill. Before the speakers started for the gathering of Democratic women, I went to see if I could drop in on our Johnston County legislators. It was my first ever time on Jones street (well, since my 8th grade field trip anyway) and I was excited and nervous and wondering what the heck I thought I was doing and determined to have my average voice heard ... and ALL that stuff.

It was a very busy day for Legislators and I was only able to speak with James Langdon, R-House District 28.

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James @
Saturday, June 30, 2007 - 10:15am

UPDATE: I'm not in complete agreement with this advice from an elected official, but I'm passing it along straight up . . . you can decide for yourself what makes sense.

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I've received lots of response from Representatives who have taken notice of your emails. One veteran legislator, in particular, encouraged us to step up our focus on the Senate in relation to the transfer tax issue.

Here are the points he suggested you use in your correspondence:

1. Make it clear that the local option land transfer tax is a "tax on growth"
2. Focus on Senators, especially those from progressive districts. They have not been vocal and need to step up.
3. Send email only to your senators and representatives this time, as well as those in nearby districts.

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